When 26-year-old Ernesto Pulido accepted a job to trim the trees near a post office in downtown Oakland, Calif., he couldn't have known that he was about to begin a surreal journey involving injured birds, enraged aviary advocates, and the possibility of spending six months behind bars and a $15,000 fine.
It all started when, while trimming trees on May 3, Pulido reportedly damaged the nests of five baby black-crowned night herons.
Pulido was reportedly asked to trim the trees by the post office because the birds were leaving their marks (and a lot of them) on mail trucks parked under the branches.
The birds fell to the ground and were injured. One's beak was broken.
A woman who captured the incident on video called the police, and a movement to punish Pulido quickly picked up steam, The New York Times reports.
Local residents demanded justice after rumors (which later proved untrue) spread that the birds were killed in a wood chipper. An online petition was created and signed byRead More »from Five injured birds could equal six months behind bars for tree trimmer